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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Any Brandied fruit ideas? on: December 05, 2011 01:11:34 PM
I have been soaking some dried fruit in a huge jar with brandy. I was planning on making a cordial from the left over brandy. I have a couple ideas to do with the left over fruit, but I would love any other suggestions. The alcohol is not cooked out so these would be for adults.

I'd like to make a pound cake or angel food cake and pour the fruit over. It could taste good over ice cream. Maybe it could be added to a red wine like a Sangria. or even plain ginger ale for a punch. Maybe it could taste good over a a meat or salmon. Any other ideas?

All I did to make the brandied dried fruit was to take a variety of dried fruit from trader horns and cover in a very large jar with Christian Brothers brand  brandy and let soak for a few months shaking occasionally. Remember that the dried fruit will expand. I almost over filled my jar.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / a favorite meal plan that starts with hot sausage... on: September 06, 2010 10:48:52 AM
I have a meal plan that I do periodically in my home.
First, I will give the meal plan and then I will give the recipes I've come up with. I don't give volumes because I cook to taste and some people like things spicier and others need a tamer meal. I also have no idea how much I put in once I tweak things. I start out with about 5 pounds of the sausage and 5 pounds of ground turkey used along the way but sometimes we don't make it all the way through the meal plan before we've finished with the leftovers.

meal plan.

Hot Italian (turkey) sausage sandwiches.
Spaghetti with hot Itallian (turkey) sausage
Baritoes or tacos
Chili on macaroni
plus one extra idea

First meal:
Hot Italian (turkey) sausage sandwiches


hot Itallian turkey sausage or hot sausage of choice.
cooking oil
hot pepper (seeds)
chili powder
salt and black pepper
tomato paste
fresh onion cut into long thin slivers
fresh sweet peppers cut into long medium slivers
sausage buns
provalone cheese

Cook the sausage in a deep pan with oil, salt and spices (to taste) until cooked through. Add onions and peppers and cook until soft. Avoid browning. Add tomato paste and twice as much water. Re flavor with salt and spices to taste. Cook to boil or when sauce is to desired thickness stirring to prevent burning or add to a slow cooker. Once cooked place on sausage bun and add provalone cheese.

second meal

left over sausage and sauce
spaghetti, or long pasta of choice
provalone cheese

slice sausage into round chunks and return to sauce.
Reheat sauce and cook pasta as directed on package. When pasta is drained add to plate with sauce and cheese.

meal three


ground turkey
hot pepper seeds
chili powder
black pepper and salt
left over sausage and sauce
1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
1 can of red kidney beans drained and rinsed
1 large can of stewed or flavored tomatoes of choice cut into smaller pieces
1 can of sliced olives (optional)
chocolate bar (can use two pieces for small batch to the full bar for a large volume)
sour cream (optional)
grated Colby or other desired cheese (optional)
tortia chips (optional)

Cook ground turkey with spices until browned and then salt and cook for a little more time to flavor the meat.
Add all the ingredients but last three into a large pot. Cook to thickness desired. Add optional ingredients as you will. A spoon full sour cream and a sprinkling of cheese will mellow a chili that has gotten too spicy and the chips add texture.

meal four

Tacos or burritos

left over chili
soft or hard tortia shells
grated cheese
chopped lettuce
chopped tomatoes
chopped onions
sliced black olives
sour cream

Reheat chili. Add to hard or soft shells and add toppings of choice.

meal five

chili over macaroni

Reheat left over chili and place over cooked macaroni and add cheese of choice.

There is a 6th choice that I just thought of but I've never made. Add the chili over chicken thigh or breast for chicken con carne.

Maybe someone else could come up with some ideas for a meal plan that starts with some thing and can be expanded into others.


3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Polimer clay - car interior idea questions. on: July 22, 2008 07:21:55 PM
I'd like to keep (sort of have to anyway) the mirror and gear shift I have in my car, but I would like to make them a little more creepy. I was thinking of adding a skeletal hand to the gear shift and a couple of skulls and bones to the rear view mirror. I was wondering if polymer clay could hold up to the use on the gear shift and how to attach the items on once they were baked?  Is there shrinkage issues I need to worry about if I form fit the items to where they are to be placed? Is there a better option? I have been debating this for some time but haven't actually started the projects yet. Any thoughts or experience would be appreciated.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Odd shrinkydink questsions. on: February 14, 2008 11:51:22 AM
   OK this is a bit odd and don't know if this should be here or in cooking or somewhere else. My brother-in-law makes an alcoholic beverage he calls "Pixie Juice". He wants to label it "made with real pixies." In addition he has stated he would like to put in little wings. I thought that shrinkydinks could be the solution, but I'm concerned about anything that will be submerged in alcohol for long periods of time. The label says they are non toxic. What type of coloring could I use on the wings, or should I just make them out of the colored shrinkydink? If there is another solution I'm willing to listen.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Pixy juice and shrinky dinks. on: December 12, 2006 09:43:41 AM
My brother-in-law makes a strange concoction he calls Pixie juice. He wants to tell people it is made out of real pixies. His idea has been to add small wings into the bottle. I think I could do something with shrinky dinks but I am concerned with the colorant that I would use on the shrinky dinks. Is there something I could use that would not come off while immersed in alcohol and would not poison people any worse than through the drink itself?

Thank you for your assistance,

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Skull Quilt ideas. on: September 27, 2006 12:23:56 PM
Years ago I saw an ad on T.V. about finding groups on line. There was a huge, bald, biker who was looking for people with similar interests. Finally, the scene shows him with a buch of old women making quilts and he shows his and it was a skull quilt. I was great, and to this day have been looking for a similar pattern. I want a skull that looks pretty realistic. I've seen the one on this websight, though it is great in it's own right I want one that looks scarier and a little less gOogly. If there are any suggestions on where I could find a pattern I would appriciate it. I will be attempting one without any aid if I can't find a resource. This is my first attempt at a quilt ever.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Where the heck can I buy lye?!? or even dried soapwort? on: November 23, 2005 08:13:12 AM
   I have been searching every where. I have every other ingredient to make soap but I can't seem to find where to get lye. I really don't want to go to the extream of making my own. Pouring water through  a barrel in the woods full of wood ash seems just a bit over zealous. I've been to craft stores and all they sell are the premade soaps. I try looking it up on line and all I get are recipes and lye soaps that are made by other companys. Urgh! Help me!

   I have also been looking for a supply of soapwort. I want dried leaves so I can make a shampoo. Again, I run into the problem that I can get the seed packets or a live plant in season or a product that already has it or a recipe that uses it but not the actual dried product.

I live it Pittsburgh, PA so guiding me locally or on line will help.

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